Five dead following shootings in rural California

Children shot an Northern California elementary school

"There was an active shooter out there earlier this morning", said Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District.

The suspect reportedly started opening fire at a home, then moved to Rancho Tehama School on the Rancho Tehama Reserve, authorities say.

This latest active shooting to terrorize a community began shortly before 8 a.m., Phil Johnston, an assistant sheriff in Tehama County, told reporters in a briefing Tuesday.

Police killed the gunman who, according to a local NBC affiliate, shot and killed his neighbor before the shooting at Rancho Tehama school.

About 100 law enforcement officials responded to "multiple scenes, I can think of at least five scenes", after the shooting, he said.




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The deputy said officers were called to at least five crime scenes.

In addition to the four people killed in the shooting, several people were injured, including children. At least seven children and adults have been hospitalized. The gunman was shot by officials, according to the sheriff's department.

Investigators have recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns.

Brian Flint told local media his neighbor was the shooter and had stolen his truck. Flint says he had been shooting "hundreds of rounds" from large magazines. California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement in the wake of the shooting: "Anne and I are saddened to hear about today's violence in Tehama County, which shockingly involved schoolchildren".

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